On the occasion of the High-Level Segment of the Human Rights Council, the Permanent Missions of Algeria, Argentina, France, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, and the International Commission Against the Death Penalty organised a side event on International Actions with the view to abolishing the death penalty. The side-event was moderated by Ambassador Alberto Pedro D’Alotto, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN in Geneva. A panel with representatives from Argentina, Italia, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Commission Against the Death Penalty and Penal Reform International made introductions to a following dialogue among the participants.
Norwegian Ambassador Steffen Kongstad stated at the event that “Norway actively encourage countries to move towards abolition the death penalty, by using several different approaches. We include the death penalty in our political and human rights dialogues; we raise individual cases where the minimum standards are not being met (e.g. if executions involve minors, pregnant women, persons who have become insane, or if death sentences are imposed for crimes which are not of a particularly grave nature). In these dialogues, references are made to studies showing that the death penalty is not more effective at deterring serious crimes than lengthy terms of imprisonment.”
Read the full statement here.